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How Successful Will YOUR Signs Be?
Signs Manufacturing™ has been building quality custom signs, shipping signs,
installing signs, and servicing signs world-wide since 1979.
Good signs incorporate design and marketing decisions creating the message, look, colors, sign types, sizes, quantities, etc. to create the required impact. They draw attention to themselves.
Quoting U. S. Small Business Administration research, 89% of businesses that fail do so because of improper signs!
Stated differently, good signs give a business an almost 90% probability of success.
Will ANY business decision you make affect you more? If you stop and think about it, you can’t even risk buying an “average” sign; you need “exceptional” signs.
AT&T gives advice, in writing, to Yellow Pages customers, "If business is slow, what does your sign look like?"
The trouble with improper or average signs is that you will never know how many potential customers they’ve driven away, or not attracted, by simply looking inappropriate. Your success or failure may be determined the day your sign is installed!
Fortunately, we are not a sign company, sign broker, or sign store. We are a sign manufacturer. We engineer exceptional signs for our customers.
Whether they are illuminated channel letters, neon signs, lighted sign cabinets, LED message centers and video displays, pole signs, pylon signs, or monument signs that light, outdoor custom electric signs in front of your business are the least costly means of advertising available to you over time.
It is the most targeted advertising you can do according to the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which also states that 85% of a businesses sales usually come from within a 5 mile radius. Your sign constantly advertises your business to a potential customer who frequents the area where your business is located.
As examples, how important would a free-standing pylon sign be to your business? McDonald's says that simply changing a monument sign in front of one of their stores to a pylon sign increases their store's business 15%. A Whataburger that was unhappy with their new store's volume removed their brand-new pylon sign and installed one 40% larger and taller. The store's volume increased 23% the day after installation, and sales have exceeded the previous months for more than 5 years now.
The SBA says that an LED Digital Electronic Message Center or Video Display increases store volume 15 - 150%.
Purchasing the right signs for the job helps a business survive by bringing higher sales volume.
The importance of signs in helping a business to survive was recently underscored when the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), with their NxLeveL for Entrepreneurs training program, which is available in 40 states, added an entire week to their program to present more deeply "…the importance of signs and their impact on a business…"
We can help, so long as your landlord and the City understand the importance of good signs and allow you to install signs that will help your business. Unfortunately this isn't always true. Choose your location(s) wisely (and receive your landlord's approval of your signs package BEFORE you sign your lease.)
City Signs Ordinances, and Landlord Lease Restrictions, can doom a business.
Most City Sign Ordinances can be accessed by visiting our "Permits & Approvals" page, after accessing our "Installation & Service" page, if you care to learn about them without our help. However we have worked with them for so long we know most of them by heart.
Remember the axiom "Location, Location, Location!" The supreme importance of "location" is the numbers of potential customers that will see your signs...and be able to read and understand them. Very important design and marketing considerations.
If you are located in the Dallas/Fort Worth "Metroplex" in Texas the Texas Department of Transportation has probably counted traffic in front of your new location. Go to www.dfwinfo.com/trans/data/tcins to see how many vehicles will see your signs every day! Other regions have similar information available.
Equally amazing, 25% of a business street's traffic does not normally travel on that street.
With 18.6% of the entire US population moving each year, your sign will be constantly seen by MANY potentially new customers.
Texas' Success Story
The Dallas/Fort Worth "Metroplex" continues as the fastest growing large city area in the United States, year-after-year. It is the fourth fastest growing such area in the world. As fast as in China or India!
Dr. Mine Yucel, Vice President and Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, reports that more people are working in Texas than ever before. All effects of The Great Recession have been overcome here, except for a lingering very slight decline in housing prices.
North Texas is expected to gain over 4,000,000 new residents in just the next 4 years! The business economy HERE remains healthy! Well over 100 new businesses are started in just the D/FW Metroplex every week.
And, because the large "National" companies have placed expansion plans on "hold" world-wide and Texas-wide due to their over-all problems, lots of opportunities exist for local and regional businesses.
Using Our Website to Learn About Signs and Create a Successful Image.
Your sign forms that very important "first impression" your potential customer has of your business. Your sign must always look nearly as good as it looked the day it was installed so that you survive; don't give potential customers a worsening impression of your business as your sign ages.
Click our "Sign Types" tab to the left, then pick any of our products and discover how we make each sign to last; including the use of CNC manufacturing, rust-proof metal, structural-steel frames, high-end automotive paint, high-impact plastics, and most importantly, sophisticated protective coatings. All our signs include these many hidden features, critically important to you but often ignored by competitors so they can make more money. We even add self-cleaning properties.
"Click" on Photos and Text Keywords throughout this web site to explore subjects more thoroughly. Links are usually not highlighted.
Signs Manufacturing™ makes more than lighted and unlighted business signs. We manufacture, install and service church signs, school signs, apartment signs, park signs, governmental signs, architectural signs, etc. Interior signs as well as exterior signs.
Unless we are doing other work for a customer we do not make banners or do vinyl lettering, even though we have the equipment to do so. Our skills are better utilized in other areas.
We manufacture road signs and building signs including channel letter signs (internally lighted with neon, Solarbrite™ LEDs, the new automatic color-changing SpectraLites™ LEDs, or externally lighted with first-surface LetterLites™ LEDs), neon signs, wall sign cabinets, pole signs, pylon signs, monument signs, PinLights™ LED signs, architectural signs, plastic lettering, metal lettering, trim-cap lettering, awning signs, building border lighting, plaques and more!
Our sister company, Sunburst LED Displays™ manufactures Sunburst Displays™ LED message centers and video displays.
Please "click" our "Sign Types" tab on the top left of this page to learn about our products by category.
"Click" our "Sign Types" tab and Channel Letters, Wall Cabinet Signs, Pole or Pylon Signs, or Monument Signs also to learn about our "EZ Install Signs™" that are manufactured so that you can install them yourself.
If you are considering a LED electronic message center, consider our Sunburst Displays™ units, which include a free computer, and our "inexpensive/cheap displays" for those on a tight budget. "Click" our "Sign Types" tab on the top left of this page and "Message Centers" to access this information.
We champion brighter, energy-saving solutions that save our customers money while protecting our environment. No matter what type of signs you are considering, please explore our "Lighting Choices" tab for that product, with its own Energy Savings" tabs. In fact many of our unique sign designs can easily and efficiently be Solar Powered!
We will give your company an edge and help make you money.
We have lots of experience. Click our "Design Center" tab to the left to learn how we can help you - for free - design signs that will meet City, State and Landlord sign restrictions, and your needs. We even furnish a "Grand Opening Package" featuring a free 4' by 5' parking lot "Coming Soon" free-standing portable sign to attract attention while your sign is being constructed.
Please use and enjoy this 400+ page, always growing, website with over 2,000 stored images, the largest information resource about signs on the internet, created so you can learn about all types of signs and how you can control their affect on your image.
We believe that if you're a knowledgeable purchaser there's a real good chance you'll become our customer.
Visit Our Unique Sign Lighting Laboratory and
Demonstration Showroom with LED Video Displays
Unique in the entire sign industry, Signs Manufacturing™ built an 85’ by 50’ (over 4,000 sq ft) indoor sign lighting laboratory for testing the longevity, visibility, and effectiveness of all the lighted signs we manufacture.
We donated the laboratory, and all of its signs, to the Modern Sign Museum™. The Museum is open to the public, for FREE, adding an LED Video Display Showroom because we realized how important one would be to consumers.
If you are considering purchasing an LED Video Display or Digital LED Message Center sign this exclusive opportunity will be particularly important. You must determine which LED spacing is best, so that your sign will be successful, considering how you will use it. Therefore, 6 mm, 8 mm, and 10 mm 481-trillion-color LED Video Display signs are always available for you to compare.
We invite you to take a guided tour to observe all types of signage, viewing them up close as well as from a distance, under varying light conditions (and stay out of the weather while doing so!)
Will your Sodium Vapor or Metal Halide parking lot lights affect the colors of your sign at night? How visible will your pylon sign’s border neon be during the day? Should you consider PinLights™, LetterLites™, SpectraLites™, or Trembler™ signs? Brighter Signs™ neon or Solarbrite™ LED lighting for channel letter signs? Fluorescent or HID lighting for your monument sign? Do Daylight or Cool White fluorescents make your sign’s colors look best? What are the differences between a flex-faced, a Lexan™, and an acrylic-faced sign cabinet?
How will shadows affect my sign's readability during the day? Should the wall behind my sign be light or dark colored? Would a different type of sign look better on my brick wall? Should I consider a routed sign face with push-through letters?
Don't buy a sign from a drawing when you can actually see and compare real signs.
No one else, sign company or not, can offer you this unique opportunity. Be sure to take advantage. Your business will be better because you do.
If you don't visit it could cost you thousands every year. Can you afford not to?
Sign Cost Information
We sell our signs FACTORY-DIRECT, WHOLESALE to the public.
Each Sign Type, above and on the "Sign Types" page, has a "Cost" tab under its "Pricing" tab that lists general budget pricing for that type of sign.
But, please, contact us to develop an exact plan to meet your particular needs - for free (see our "Design Center" page.)
Our professional staff will usually have exact quotations, and exact scale drawings of your signs installed on your building or property ready for you the same day we meet with you. (Much faster than the 2 1/2 week average in our industry.) Contact us NOW...Please!
If you are planning for the future, please bookmark our website as a "Favorite" so you can find us when you are ready.
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You May Qualify for a "BETTER THAN FREE™" Sign
Dependent on your location, Signs Manufacturing™ may be able to offer you INCOME from a FREE pole, pylon, monument sign, or electronic message center.
Contact us for exciting details!
Five (5) Different Ways to Purchase Signs
Cash, Credit Cards, Conserve You Nest Egg™ 0% 15-month financing, Signs on Time™ Conventional Lease/Purchasing or our Accelerated Pay as You Grow Lease/Purchasing™.
Zero Down on Sunburst LED Displays Digital LED Electronic Message Centers and Video Displays. To help you open your business we have worked with one of our lenders to create an exclusive NO DOWN PAYMENT lease. Now you can pay for your sign totally out of your businesses’ future cash flow.
Signs Manufacturing™ is insured, registered, licensed and bonded per all City and State regulations, and carries product liability and worker's compensation/accident insurances to protect our customers, and their customers. Both are rare among sign companies.
We even offer our customers free coverage on a $2,000,000 insurance policy providing Deposit Insurance if we were to default. (Visit our "Cost" tab on the "Sign Types" page for details on all of the above.)
We've got you covered!
"...I had to hound Vital ***** (a sign broker) for weeks and weeks, then I had to call ******** (the manufacturer) to finally get a hold of Vital *****. I thought Vital ***** was taking my deposit money and running. When he asked for the second deposit I was kind of hesitant based on my experience with him. I did some research on Vital ***** and there were judgments in Dallas County, civil judgments for Vital ***** taking money and not putting up a sign! But the manufacturer said I had to deal with him, and he already had a great deal of my money.
The installation company he subcontracted with, City *****, finally did show up and after giving them another $30,000 the sign was installed but City ***** didn't pay Vital *****, I guess, his "fair cut" of it.
Vital ***** was initially mad at City ***** and then he was mad at me, so he came and took the controller out of the sign so now it doesn't even work! I tried to go back to ******** (the manufacturer), and gave them all of the documentation and they said it's between me and Vital *****, they won't do anything about it. I'm never dealing any way but directly with a manufacturer again!"
Mr. Sinkler, Freedom Wash
Why Buy Factory-Direct, from a State-Licensed Company?
TURN-KEY Design, Manufacturing, Installation, and Service
Why not buy from a Sign Dealer (also called a Sign Broker or a Sign Store?) There are literally hundreds of them.
Would you give a car dealer $10,000 and tell him to buy you the best car he can for the money, sight unseen (or from a drawing?) Don't you think you would get the car that made him the most?
Do you think you could meet your needs asking for the cheapest car he can buy?
Why would a sign dealer (sign broker or sign store) be any different? Remember, they are merely buying a sign from a manufacturer to resell to you, usually to resemble a drawing, making the most money they can.
Believing "...a sign is a sign" gets you a Yugo instead of a Cadillac. Remember the Yugo? They didn't last very long, either.
Ask to see a manufacturer's license also. A few are not licensed to do electrical work, either, they also have to hire other companies to install the signs they make.
Now, who provides the warranty? The manufacturer, the installer, the salesman, anyone? If the sign was installed illegally do you think they'll honor their warranty? Did they REALLY obtain your City sign permit? Is the sign even safe?
As a large, both UL and ETL listed manufacturer, our name is on all our signs. Just like you, we can't afford to have a bad sign destroy our business. We have to care, particularly with our Lifetime Warranty*.
If you wonder if a sign-seller can legally install and service electrical signs through-out Texas go to http://www.license.state.tx.us/LicenseSearch/, enter "Electricians" in the "Inquire by License Type" box and the name of the sign business or person in the "Inquire by Name" box. If they are not licensed they can not.
So someone can sell you signs and not be licensed to install or service them. You may have to have this done. But unless the electrical signs you buy are "listed" (U.L. usually) they won't be allowed to be installed in Texas, a State of Texas Consumer Protection Safety Law designed to insure that signs are safe to use, with a few local city ordinance exceptions. It is not illegal to sell them to you, however. Buy carefully.
"I had a ****-a-**** (sign company) right across the street … that store's out of business now … I found out they hired some other company to build and install our sign and they did a really #@%&&$ job, the thing has never lit right. ****-a-**** Corporate won't do anything, they say the closed store was an independent franchise, and the sign builder/installer won't fix it, they say we weren't their customer. I need you to come out, tell me what it will cost to get the thing working properly and get it fixed."
Chris Jennings, Jimmy Johns
Guaranteed Highest Quality...
Guaranteed Lowest Price™
As detailed on the pages that follow, everything will be done to make your sign look better, and last longer...Guaranteed.
Signs Manufacturing™ also guarantees that our price will be the lowest price you can obtain on the products described in this website; now or anytime during the next 90 days.
If you are offered a lower price by someone else we will match that lower price PLUS give you 10% of the difference.
Free Factory Tour
Come and see the array of equipment and tools, and the facility dedicated to making good signs.
Contact a sales consultant to arrange a plant tour, or just stop by. Click our "Contact Us" tab for location and contact details.
State Licensed Sign Installation and Sign Service
We are a full-service sign company. We provide sign site surveys, sign permits, sign installation and sign maintenance services for electrical and non-electrical signs for our customers as well as other sign companies. We provide this work in Dallas, Fort Worth (DFW), and ALL of North Texas and Northeast Texas.
State Sign and Electrical License Numbers: TECL17503, TSCL18015, TSCL18016.
Among our other installation and service personnel we currently employ 10 State licensed sign electricians, and 4 State licensed general electricians.
All our technicians are also Quality Certified Signs™ certified. (Click the "Installation & Service" tab for details.)
We serve and have installed signs in the Texas cities of Addison, Aledo, Allen, Alvarado, Anna, Argyle, Arlington, Athens, Aubrey, Avalon, Azle, Balch Springs, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Bonham, Briar, Bridgeport, Buckingham, Burleson, Caddo Mills, Canton, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Celina, Cleburne, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, The Colony, Combine, Coppell, Corsicana, Crandall, Crowley, Dallas, Dalworthington Gardens, Decatur, Denison, Denton, Desoto, D/FW Airport, Dido, Duncanville, Eagle Mountain Lake, Edgecliff, Ennis, Euless, Everman, Farmers Branch, Farmersville, Ferris, Flower Mound, Forest Hill, Forney, Fort Worth, Frisco, Gainesville, Garland, Glenn Heights, Granbury, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Greenville, Gun Barrel City, Haltom City, Haslet, Highland Park, Hillsboro, Hudson Oaks, Hurst, Hutchins, Irving, Italy, Itasca, Jacksboro, Joshua, Justin, Kaufman, Keene, Keller, Kennedale, Kleberg, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Lancaster, Las Colinas, Lawson, Lewisville, Little Elm, Longview, Mansfield, Marshall, Maypearl, McKinney, Melissa, Mesquite, Midlothian, Milford, Mineral Wells, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Murphy, Nevada, Newark, North Richland Hills, Ovilla, Palmer, Pantego, Paris, Parker County, Pelican Bay, Pittsburg, Plano, Ponder, Princeton, Prosper, Quinlan, Quitman, Red Oak, Rendon, Richardson, Richland Hills, Rice, River Oaks, Roanoke, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City, Sachse, Saginaw, Sansom Park, Sanger, Seagoville, Sherman, Silver Creek, Southlake, Springtown, Stephenville, Sulphur Springs, Sunnyvale, Terrell, Texarkana, Trophy Club, Tyler, University Park, Van Alstyne, Valley View, Watauga, Waxahachie, Weatherford, Wedgewood, Westlake, Weston, Westover Hills, Wheatland, White Settlement, Whitney, Wichita Falls, Willow Park, Wills Point, Wilmer, and Wylie.
ZIP Codes 75001 thru 76958.
Area Codes 214, 254, 430, 469, 682, 817, 903, 940, and 972.
Serving Collin, Cook, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Titus, Van Zandt, Wood, and Wise Counties in Texas.
We also have signs in 43 different states, and 6 other nations.
Here are a few projects that we have JUST completed:
E-Mail Specials & Newsletter Blog
Occasionally Signs Manufacturing™ will have excess production on certain sign types, or discounts on installation or service exceeding our standard Lifetime Warranty* 20% discount.
Or, we have information about Signs Manufacturing™, or the sign industry, we would like to share.
If you would like to be informed of these specials by email, click on the "Newsletter & Blog " tab to the left, and send us your contact information or subscribe to our RSS feed.
If you are not old enough to have piloted a business during the late 1970's, and depending on what our future brings, you might appreciate our Blog about inflation. It is written from the knowledge-base of our senior Watson, who did, and another of the family members, who has a SMU degree in finance.
The Hottest New Signs
Have you noticed that the signs that catch your eye most often are LED displays? Signs like LED billboard displays.
Gaining attention gains you customers.
You can gain the advantages of LED faces on your new signs.
These signs are better-looking, cost less, and use less energy.
Also go to our "SpectraLites™ & LED" page under Channel Letter Lighting Choices to learn about back-lighted Channel Letter faces that automatically change colors. There is a video so you can see them in action.
BIG Business Booster
There is no question that LED electronic message centers and video displays are the business signage communication wave of the future. Local advertising has never been cheaper because of them.
Every business has a need to promote special events, sales, sponsorships, etc.; either at their business location and/or at local sports events, parades, church and school events.
If your business is not located where you can have a permanent messaging sign, or you need to advertise at multiple locations (like the kid's soccer game), the question is, HOW?
This question has been answered with “The LED Sled™” pictured here, Signs Manufacturing Corporation's new portable self-powered LED electronic message center and video display.
Local businesses have never before been able to be so creative, to think so far outside the box to gain a competitive advertising advantage.
“To rent, or to own, THAT is the question.” (sorry Shakespeare.) How often do you need to promote your business?
If you are a multi-location business you need to own one of these! Some location ALWAYS has special needs or opportunities. Or a new store under construction.
If you’re not in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex you absolutely need to own one because you are too far away for us to rent you one!
Our website includes initial landing pages for the following: 3-D signs, accountant signs, acrylic signs, ADA signs, airline signs, aluminum signs, antique signs, appliance store signs, architect signs, architectural signs, art signs, auto body signs, auto dealer signs, auto loans, auto repair signs, backlit signs, bakery signs, bank signs, banner signs, bar signs, barber signs, boat signs, book signs, building signs, building supplies signs, business signs, butcher signs, car signs, casino signs, cheap signs, chiropractor signs, church signs, city signs, cleaners signs, clothiers signs, convenience store signs, cosmetology signs, crafts signs, custom signs, dance signs, day care signs, dentist signs, department signs, diet signs, digital signs, directional signs, doctor signs, donut signs, employment signs, exercise signs, exterior signs, exterminator signs, eye signs, fast sign, financial consultant, florist signs, franchise venture start-ups, freestanding signs, funeral signs, game signs, garden signs, government signs, grocery signs, health signs, heating signs, homeowners signs, hotel signs, illuminated signs, insurance signs, interior signs, jewelry signs, lawyer signs, lettering signs, liquor signs, locksmith signs, main signs, massage signs, men's signs, mobile signs, music signs, neon signs, office signs, oil signs, park signs, parking signs, pawn signs, payday loans, pet signs, pharmacy signs, photography signs, portable signs, racetrack signs, real signs, restaurant signs, retail signs, school signs, shoe signs, shopping center signs, shopping mall signs, signs, sporting signs, stock broker, street signs, strip mall signs, tailor signs, tanning signs, tattoo signs, tax signs, theater signs, toy signs, travel signs, unlighted signs, upholsterer signs, veterinarian signs, video signs, vinyl signs, warehouse signs, wholesale signs.
"Clicking" on the word will take you to that page. They are not necessary to view once inside our website, however.
Just for fun, go to our "Not-so-Good Signs" tab on our "Design Center" page to witness Signs Manufacturing Corporation's "The Not-so-Good Signs, the Bad, Ugly, Stupid & Dumb Signs" Awards Contest! You can also view the world's most expensive (to purchase and to feed) animated message center.
Signs Manufacturing™, and Signs Manufacturing and Maintenance Corporation are both proud sponsors of www.ArtisticSignGallery.com promoting creative artistry in lighted signs. Visit the website to view unique, artful signs by sign companies located in the United States.
Signs Manufacturing Corporation's Four-building Manufacturing Campus prior to our 7,500 sq. ft. expansion (2001 photo courtesy of Bing.)
Weekend photo showing Signs Manufacturing Corporation's 2004 Building Expansion, taken during our 2009 re-roofing project (Courtesy of Google Earth.)
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